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O-Circuit full experience

Antares Patagonia - 12 days

  • O-Circuit full experience
  • 12 days / 11 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's included
Accommodation
FAQ
Packing list
Antares Patagonia Adventure
Safety
How to book

Overview

> Go off the beaten track and visit the Puma glacier
> Ice Hike over the Grey Glacier
> Visit Cerro Castillo

This Full-Experience-O-Trek will not only take you around the Paine Massif and through lakes, rivers, and glaciers. This trek will give you the complete Patagonia package: at the beginning of the trek you will visit the famous Torres del Paine, you will then hike over the Grey Glacier, and Kayak on the Grey Lake, surrounded by icebergs. As if that wasn’t enough, we will also guide you off the beaten track up to the Puma Glacier and its surroundings. All this without excluding the classic highlights of the park, like the French Valley, the Towers, and the Paso John Garner. Are you ready? Let’s go!

Route

What’s the plan?

DAY 1: PUERTO NATALES

Our guide will meet you at the Punta Arenas airport. Transfer to Puerto Natales, a three-hour drive through the Patagonian pampa. Lodging at Natalino hotel or similar. Welcome dinner and meeting to discuss trip program. (D)

DAY 2: TORRES DEL PAINE

We start our trip with a transfer by van to Torres del Paine National Park. This two-hour journey through ranch country includes a stop in Cerro Castillo, the principal site of wool and meat exportation to Europe during the 1960s. Arrival at Torres del Paine. Trek to the base of The Towers (7 hours roundtrip), a spectacular hike to view the three pink granite towers that made the park famous. Lodging & dinner at refugio Nash (B/L/D)

DAY 3: SERON

Today we start our trek around the Paine Massif. In the morning we will meet our porters, load up our gear and head out across ancient glacial moraines on the way to Camp Seron. The trail goes through Lenga forests where we often see Austral parakeets, several species of geese and the occasional guanaco and fox (trekking time 4 hrs). Lodging & dinner at Camp Seron. (B/L/D)

DAY 4: DICKSON

Early breakfast for the hike to Lago Dickson , a glacial lake on the edge of the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap. We hike past bright blooming Notro bushes and make a stream crossing along the lake. A beautiful, leisurely hike (trekking time 6 hrs). Here we can take hot showers at the refugio and you can buy a cold beer! Lodging and dinner Refugio Dickson. (B/L/D)

DAY 5: PERROS

OPTIONAL AM – ICE HIKING: (Not included in the price)

Today we do our packs and head out for a hike that is one of our personal favorites through pristine, old growth beech forest. We almost always see the incredible red-headed Magellanic woodpecker. Just before we arrive to our camp we will trek past glacier Perros with fantastic close up views of the glacier and its lake. We spend the night camping at the base of Paso John Garner at Los Perros. 5 hours. (B/L/D)

DAY 6: PUMA GLACIER, OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Today we will explore this area offering an off the beaten Path experience. Your guide will take you to Puma glacier and surroundings. This a 6 hours round trip hike. Dinner and night at Los Perros Camp. (B/L/D)

DAY 7: EL PASO

Today is our biggest day of hiking as we climb over Paso John Garner and down through thick forest directly above the massive Glaciar Grey. Once on the pass we look out over rugged, glaciated peaks and the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap – a view not to be missed! The Grey Glacier stretches out below us like a huge white highway 5 hours. After breakfast we start the 5 hours hike which continues descending towards Lake Grey through lenga forest where every so often appears a terrace looking out over Glacier Grey and the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap. Lodging and dinner at refugio Grey. (B/L/D)

DAY 8: ICE HIKE GREY GLACIER

Ice-Hike; After breakfast the guides will have an introductory chat explaining the route, the time the tour will take and also testing the equipment adjusting it correctly for each passenger. Then, we go in a zodiac boat for 15 minutes until we reach the west side of the Grey Glacier. On arrival we will disembark on the island at the glacier (nunatak) and we will walk on it for about an hour until we reach the ice. Before walking onto the glacier, the guide will talk to us about the safety aspects and techniques of displacement in the ice. Once the safety briefing is complete we will begin our exploration of the Grey Glacier which will last approximately 3 hours. During this time we will be able to observe cracks, rivers, lagoons and tunnels with their different tones of blue. After 3 hours on the glacier, we return to the zodiac boat and ride back to the base camp.

Afternoon free. Dinner and night at Grey lodge. (B/L/D)

DAY 9: KAYAK GREY LAKE – PEHOE

KAYAK; from our base camp, located on the northeast coast of Lake Grey our guides will introduce us to the equipment needed for the tour and we will have a safety briefing. After this, we will carry the kayaks approximately 20 meters to the lakes’ edge. Now the tour really begins! We will be paddling around icebergs that are floating in the lake and afterwards we paddle towards the eastern side of the Grey Glacier to wonder at the spectacular scenery in this special place. If conditions permit, we can paddle closer to the glacier to get a really good view. After this, we will paddle back to the start point.

During the afternoon we will cross a high plateau overlooking Lago Grey with its icebergs and the Grey Glacier on our way to Lago Pehoe, “hidden lake” in the Tehuelche language. 3-4 hours. The afternoon will be free to relax at Lodge Paine Grande and enjoy the area. Lodging and dinner is at Lodge Paine Grande where you can enjoy a pisco sour in the bar that overlooks Paine Grande & Los Cuernos mountains in the beautiful evening light. (B/L/D)

DAY 10: FRENCH VALLEY

Trek to the French Valley. This valley is the most beautiful in the park and one of the most unique in the world, its surrounded by hanging glaciers and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires. After we trek out of the valley, we will continue to the extraordinary turquoise Lake Nordenskjold, where Refugio Cuernos is located (trekking time 8 hrs). Lodging and dinner at Refugio Cuernos. (B/L/D)

DAY 11: LOS CUERNOS

Trek along Lake Nordenskjold and below the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto, to the reach Hosteria Las Torres ( 5-6 hours ) ,our van is waiting at the parking lot. Transfer to Puerto Natales. Farewell dinner and lodging at Natalino hotel or similar. (B/L/D)

DAY 12: PUNTA ARENAS

Transfer to Punta Arenas airport, end of our services. (B)

What's included

Included:

Accommodation
During the trek, you will spend your nights in refugios, hotels and camping sites.

Meals
All meals mentioned on the itinerary are included.

Private guide
You will be accompanied by a professional guide at all times.

Private transportation
Al transportation mentioned on the itinerary is included.

Excursions
All excursions mentioned on the itinerary are included.

Parks’ entrance fees
All fees for the National parks are covered.

Not included:

× Airfare
The plane tickets to get to Punta Arenas are not included.

× Beverage during meals
The drinks are not included in the price, they must be paid separately.

× Travel insurance
Please take care of your own travel & health insurances. Be prepared.

× Tips and personal expenses
The tips for the guide and cook are not included, be generous. All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are also for your own account.

× Porter
Please be aware that you will carry your pack every day which will be around 10kg. If you would like a porter, there will be an extra cost of U$ 120 per day. Each porter can carry 15 kg max, which means that one porter can be used by two trekkers.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the trek you will spend your nights in refugios, hotels and camping sites.

Refugio
You will spend most nights in refugios. Sheets, blankets and towels are provided. Sleeping bag is NOT required.

Hotel
Lodging in Puerto Natales, before and after the trek, at Natalino hotel or similar.

Camping
On nights 3 and 5 you will spend the night camping at the Seron camp and at the base of Paso John Garner at Los Perros, respectively.

FAQ

FAQ

What’s the best season for trekking in Torres del Paine?
You want nice weather when trekking in Torres del Paine National Park. At the park is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, one has to be mindful of the seasons there. When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it is actually summer in the deep South. Hence, the best trekking season for Torres del Paine National Park is during the summer months: From November to early March. However, Spring (September-November) are and Autumn (March-May) are also favorable trekking and hiking seasons, as the crowds are fewer and the natural scenery is colorful. Think fresh colors in Spring and stunning brown colors in the Fall months. Winter lasts from June to August and it is then that Torres del Paine National Park and the rest of Patagonia is quiet. At this time of the year, most attractions are closed for maintenance. Regardless of your choice in trekking season, make sure you bring enough layers for during your hike.

Training
Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude more often and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in Patagonia.

Is this the first time that you are trekking in the mountains? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Patagonia

Packing list

Packing list

Trekking in Patagonia requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. Here are some tipps:

Clothes
– Regular synthetic underwear
– Long thermal underwear bottoms
– Full length hiking pants
– Hiking shorts
– Long thermal underwear top
– Long-sleeved synthetic top
– Short-sleeved synthetic t-shirts
– Medium-weight fleece jacket
– Sun hat with brim
– Woolly hat
– Water and windproof parka jacket
– Waterproof gloves
– Synthetic hiking socks
– Sturdy and supportive waterproof trekking boots
– Sunglasses

Optional extras
– Bandana
– Waterproof pants
– Fleece pants for camp
– Athletics socks for camp and town
– Casual city clothes
– Casual shoes

Toiletries
– Toothpaste
– Toothbrush
– Soap
– Combined shampoo/conditioner
– Moisturiser
– Sunblock (SPF 15 or higher)
– High factor sunblock lip balm
– Insect repellent
– Travel towel
– Washcloth
– Comb
– Deodorant spray or wipes

Other extras
– Camera with spare memory
– Camera charger
– Phone
– Phone charger
– Electrical adapter
– Binoculars
– Mini sewing kit
– Book
– Pack of playing cards

Antares Patagonia Adventure

Antares Patagonia Adventure

We began offering top class trekking programs in Torres del Paine, Calafate and Chalten since 1996. Our action center is located in the Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia. We offer different adventure programs that we combine trekking, ice hike, and kayaking in fjords and rivers.

Our trips are designed for travelers interested in activities and adventures that incorporate a strong concern of safety, with the use of high quality equipment and professional guides.

We strive for “ active contemplation “ of the nature that surrounds us.

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.

How to book

How does it work?

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After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com.

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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